A Morbid Taste for Bones – Ellis Peters

A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)

From the Publisher:

In the remote Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred. Now, in 1137, the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the sacred remains for his Benedictine order. Native Welshman Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the rustic villagers of Gwytherin passionately divided by the Benedictine’s offer for the saint’s relics. Canny, wise, and all too worldly, he isn’t surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder.

The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows a carnal hand did the killing. But he doesn’t know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice…where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael’s own ruin.

My thoughts:

I liked the premise of the novel, and the characters-which were well developed.  I thought that the long descriptions sometimes got in the way of the story though.  Another thing that I took issue with was that although the story seemed believable for the most part, some things were definitely off for the time period.  Also, I found the description from the publisher as well as the description on the back of the book were both a little misleading as to the story in regards to brother Cadfael’s character.  As far as I could tell brother Cadfael didn’t have a taste for bones, and I’m not sure what was that about the wages of sin leading to scandal of Cadfael’s ruin.  Overall, it was quite enjoyable.  I probably will give the second one in the series a chance before I decide whether or not to keep on with the series.


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